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New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts connections

Posted Aug 22, 2014

See the connections between the Saints and Colt's before Saturday night's game

Head coach Sean Payton served on the Indiana State staff from 1990-91. Payton and Colts Secondary Coach Mike Gilhammer served on the same staff with the New York Giants from 1999-2000.

Asst. head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Baltimore Colts as their asst. strength/quality control coach from 1979-81.

QB Drew Brees enjoyed an honor filled career at Purdue from 1997-2000, including being a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1999 and 2000. Brees won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s outstanding player in 2000 and left the Boilermakers as the Big Ten and school’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,792), TD passes (90), total yards (12,693), completion percentage (.611), completions (1,026) and attempts (1,678).

Colts WR Reggie Wayne prepped at John Ehret HS.

Quarterbacks Coach Mike Neu is an Indianapolis native who was a four-year starter at Ball State where he was named the MAC Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1993 and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant in Muncie in 1994, where he served on the same staff as Running Backs Coach Dan Roushar.

Offensive Assistant/Offensive Line Frank Smith coached at Butler from 2006-09, tutoring the Bulldog offensive line for his entire tenure in addition to handling offensive coordinator duties his final three seasons.

ILB Ramon Humber was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent his rookie season and part of 2010 contributing on defense and special teams for the Colts before joining the Saints.

Colts Quarterbacks Coach Clyde Christensen served on the University of Mississippi staff in 1979.

Colts Special Asst. to the Head Coach Rob Chudzinski served as the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2013, where he tutored Saints CB Terrence Frederick.

Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter served as an assistant at LSU from 1995-99.

Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan and Colts Linebackers Coach Jeff FitzGerald served on the same staff in Arizona from 2001-03.

OLB Parys Haralson was tutored by Colts Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky from 2007-10 in San Francisco. Haralson and Colts DT Ricky Jean Francois, who played at LSU, were teammates in San Francisco from 2009-12.

Colts RB Vick Ballard prepped at Pascagoula, Miss. HS.

NT Brandon Deaderick, Colts S Sergio Brown and CB Darius Butler were teammates in New England.

OLB Kasim Edebali and Colts T Anthony Castonzo were teammates at Boston College.

RB Pierre Thomas and Colts CB Vontae Davis were college teammates at the University of Illinois.

FB Erik Lorig, Colts TE Coby Fleener and S Delano Howell were college teammates at Stanford.

DE George Uko, Colts FB Stanley Havili and G/C Khaled Holmes were college teammates at the University of Southern California.

TE Benjamin Watson, Frederick and CB Trevin Wade played with Colts ILB D’Qwell Jackson in Cleveland.

G Ben Grubbs and Colts DE Arthur Jones were teammates in Baltimore from 2010-11.

Colts S Laron Landry prepped at Hahnville High School, where he starred at LSU from 2003-06 and was a first-team All-American in 2006.

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